Abstract Thoughts: How to feature abstract artwork in your home.

November 13, 2021
Abstract Thoughts:  How to feature abstract artwork in your home.

Abstract Thoughts


Abstract art is an interior designer’s dream when it comes to putting the finishing touches to a sophisticated design. The subject matter of abstract art is open to interpretation, and therefore it never overshadows a room’s narrative. Instead, it uses the purity of colour, line, and shape to create emotions and thoughts in the viewer, while drawing the eye to pivotal points within a space.


Here are some of my favourite ways to feature abstract art in interiors:


Use a pop of colour (or monochrome!) to add a focal point to your room.


An oversized, colourful work is an ideal way to focus attention on a significant aspect in your home.  The artwork’s colour and abstract dynamism will not only draw attention, but it will also create depth and movement within the room.  If too much colour feels intimidating, try an energetic black-and-white abstract.  Powerful monochromes lend boldness and sophistication to a space in equal measure.


Group works together – with intention.


I am a sucker for a thoughtful grouping of art works. This could be abstracts by the same artist, or simply works that have a shared theme or similar style.  The trick is to be consistent in the design or colour of framing, so that the finished collection feels cohesive, thereby making an impressive statement in its entirety.


Choose colours that complement your décor.


I admit that I dislike it when people select art based upon the colour of their sofa.  Choose art because you love it, not because it ‘matches’ your interior.  That said, colour should always be a consideration when placing your works, so do ensure that the tones are harmonious.  And if you happen to purchase a new cushion that brings out a small accent in your artwork?  Well, what a happy ‘coincidence.’


Don’t be afraid to use abstract art in a traditional setting.


It is a common misperception that abstract art only works with a modern aesthetic.  While it does look great in a contemporary setting, it will also elevate even the most traditional of interiors.  This juxtaposition of styles is hugely effective and adds a fresh perspective to elegant antiques and treasured heirlooms. 


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Jennifer Conner

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